AER
3.5 of 5 14 reviews
www.aer.com Lexington, MA 50 to 149 Employees

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Ron Isaacs


73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great job, but no security

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsThe work-life balance is great. The work and subject matter of interesting. There are lots of bright employees. Schedules are flexible. The health insurance is good.

    ConsThe company has been steadily laying off staff for almost two years. Management is trying to refocus from government contracts to commercial product but it has not been happening fast enough to stem the decline and prevent starvation. Nobody got raises that kept pace with inflation this year. Hardware and professional development budgets are inadequate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to create more opportunities for career development and advancement. Morale is very low in the face of constant staff reductions. Everyone feels stuck in one place at best and is constantly waiting for the axe.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not bad, could be better.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPotential to work on interesting projects/contracts
    Hard work and time with the company are rewarded with promotions along designated career path.

    Great place if you enjoy talking about the weather and arguing that your favorite model is correct.

    ConsUncompetitive annual salary and bonus increases.

    Scientists get taken care of, developers...good luck getting upper management to care. Supposedly the same opportunities are available (no funding or time)

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    Motivated research oriented company.

    Research Associate (Current Employee)

    ProsGet to work with state of the art research. The management is very knowledgeable and highly educated. Employees are treated with respect and their efforts are acknowledged.

    ConsAs a contractor to the government you have to jump through a lot of hoops to get your work done; it is sort of like being a government employee.

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    Really interesting work but in a company with an identity crisis

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInteresting and challenging work in weather models, atmospheric, oceanic, spectral research and applications.

    ConsThe company seems to be constantly going through growing pains. The former focus was research, and it has grown into providing some commercial services as well. But they have struggled with their business model and company structure and that translates into lots of switching around, making your understanding of your role and any chance to advance tenuous.

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    Sinking ship

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsSome flexibility in work hours
    Ability to work from home if bad weather
    Relaxed environment
    Friendly coworkers

    ConsForced to use outdated technology and hardware
    Very disorganized management
    No clear goals
    Work load varies on a day to day basis

    Advice to Senior ManagementReorganize the company and get rid of the dead weight at the top. Most of the upper management are stuck in their ways and leading the company in the wrong direction. They have an inability to adapt to new markets.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Valuable exposure to great C++ programmers and to scientific algorithms put into a real-world application.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Greenbelt, MD

    ProsGreat requirements chain, thorough code testing, latest language features, effective and enjoyable collaboration with other programmers and scientists, pertinent and well-run meetings, friendly, quick and helpful administrative folks.

    ConsIf the facility is closed -- bad weather or power loss -- you have to burn vacation time even if travel to work is possible. Time-keeping is very 1980s. Office chatter could be very bothersome.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A decent experience overall, but numerous issues.

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    ProsDiverse areas of atmospheric science research and science support work. Very smart people, most of whom work very hard and are disciplined. The company looks out for its employees. Quality, professional HR department. The company has success delivering on its contracts and performs quality scientific research. Salaries are competitive with pretty good benefits.

    ConsThe company seems to be unstable and needs more growth - or a renewed focus/plan - to continue an upward trajectory. Management was disorganized and suffered from poor or lack of communication, though employee concerns are generally taken seriously. In general, internal communication about company direction and growth is severly lacking, so it is difficult to plan for one's personal growth in the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate better cohesion and communication between upper and mid-level management. Hire lower/mid-level managers who are effective communicators to improve effectiveness and moral of workers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Experience depends on exact location within the company structure. Highly diverse between divisions.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsMany people have a flexible work schedule. Interesting work. Recommended for those who like to create solutions.

    ConsRapidly changing company with not enough vision and direction to unite the workforce. High turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe careful of morale.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company but getting unstable...

    Staff Scientist (Former Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsSmart people, okay benefits, good location.

    ConsNot too much career growth opportunities, or career advancement.
    Company's structure is inflexible and very hectic.
    No long-term business planning and stability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompany needs better sales force and technical management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Incompetent management, high turnover, very few, if any, career opportunities

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Lexington, MA

    ProsA few very good scientists, in general competent and friendly workforce,

    ConsLow salaries, lack of direction, inconsistent policies, arbitrary promotions, family run business. Salaries based on contracts. "Full time" positions are not guaranteed for more than a year or two,

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplacing competence by arrogance works only so long but it surely alienates your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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